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  • Item Category: Toys, Dolls, Games & Puzzles
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Apr 07, 2013
  • Channel: Auction House
THIS IS A LIONEL F-3 TRAIN SET HIGHLIGHT FOR EBAY FOR THIS WEEK! THE 2345 WESTERN PACIFIC F-3’s, COMPLETE WITH EXTRA PAPER AND THE RARE 1952 MASTER CARTON IN EXTREMELY HIGH-GRADE CONDITION! THE TRAINS ARE MINT+ AND TOTALLY UN-RUN! **SEE PHOTOS**LIONEL POST-WAR 2345 WESTERN PACIFIC F-3 A-A UNITS, IN MINT+ C-10 CONDITION! Spectacular matching pair! See grading chart and descriptions below. THESE BEAUTIES ARE EXTREMELY RARE AND ARE OF HIGH VALUE IN THIS CONDIDITION, SEE “THE STANDARD CATALOG FOR LIONEL TRAINS, 1945-1969” BY DAVID DOYLE, PAGE 85, FOR THE RARITY AND PRICING. IT PROBABLY SHOULD BE AN RARITY OF 8 DUE TO BEING MINT+ AND HAVING THE ORIGINAL ELUSIVE MASTER CARTON! WESTERN PACIFIC 2345 F-3 A-A Units, in matching fresh from the factory condition! The “A units have the original decals. (see photos). The black heat-stamped lettering on both pieces are strong, bold, and clear. The highest-grade pristine silver roofs and sides that I have seen!� The original patina on the orange noses are spectacular and flawless. Magnificent silver pilots, again in pristine condition. No rust or corrosion on original horns, ladders or battery cover. . PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THESE WERE MADE FOR A SHORT PERIOD DURING ONE YEAR, 1952. THIS PAIR HAS THE HIGHEST-SHEEN ORIGINAL FACTORY LUSTER THAT I HAVE SEEN! HAVE YOU EVER SEEN AN ORIGINAL, RIGHT OUT OF BOX SET, WITH THE ALUMINUM-SILVER LOOK, WELL THESE TWO HAVE IT! LOOK AT PHOTOS!� TRULY A SPECTACULAR MATCHING PAIR OF F-3’S! TO FIND THE ORIGINAL MASTER CARTON WITH MINT+ WESTERN PACIFIC F-3 IS TRULY A RARE FEAT! � Also comes with the dated instructions, inspection sticker, and dated “Service Station Booklet”, plus the hard to find original waxed wrapping paper. Also comes with the 1952 POCKET CATALOG “HOW TO OPERATE LIONEL TRAINS AND ACCESSORIES” IN A GRADE 9/10, and the rare 1952 CONSUMER� CATALOG IN A GRADE 9/10. HARD TO FIND PAPERWORK FOR THIS SET OF ENGINES! Original box 2345-21 is a grade 9/10, with the original high-grade box insert which is a grade 9/10. THERE IS NO WRITING AND NO TAPING ON THE BOX. Original box 2345-20 is a grade 8, with the original box insert which is a grade 9/10. This is very high-grade for this box. THERE IS NO WRITING AND ALL FLAPS ARE THERE, THIS IS VERY RARE FOR THIS BOX.� The elusive 2345-22 Master carton is extremely rare and is a grade 9 to 9/10, which is extremely high-grade for a Master Carton. The rare Master Carton has the original corner tape. All of the flaps are attached. Bright clean box with no water stains. THERE IS NO WRITING ON THE MASTER CARTON, OR ON ANY OF THE OTHER BOXES, AS THIS IS EXTREMELY RARE, AND HIGH-GRADE! This magnificent high-end Western Pacific pair is definitely for the display shelf.. From 1952 and in MINT+ condition****SEE PHOTOS****REMEMBER, THE TRAINS ARE TOTALLY UN-RUN! AN EXCEPTIONAL SET, UN-RUN, AND ALL ORIGINAL! EXTREMELY ELUSIVE TO FIND IN C-10, UN-RUN GEM-MINT, AND WITH THE RARE MASTER CARTON! Latest book and market value (shows, live auctions, private sales, internet, etc.) on this pair, in this condition, MINT+ WITH MASTER CARTON, is $ 6300.00 - 8500.00, at live auction it can go much higher! AT THE TCA SHOW AT YORK, I SAW ONE SELL FOR $9200.00 ONLY 5 YEARS AGO, AND IT WAS NOT AS NICE AS THESE! THIS MAGNIFICENT SET IS TRULY FOR THE HIGH-END COLLECTION! I am very particular in choosing trains. They must be high-grade, rare, and very desirable. Please feel very comfortable in your bidding as I try to buy only the best from collections or at live auctions, where I have examined the item! � � ****ALL BIDDERS MUST READ THE FOLLOWING BEFORE THEY BID.**** PAYMENT MUST BE MADE WITHIN 5 DAYS FROM THE END OF AUCTION DATE, THIS IS A PROFESSIONAL COURTESY RULE, KINDLY FOLLOW IT. WE PREFER PAYMENT BY PAYPAL, SO WE CAN SHIP TO YOU IMMEDIATELY. **YOU MUST EMAIL US WITHIN 2 DAYS AFTER THE AUCTION, TO LET US KNOW THE STATUS OF YOUR PAYMENT, THIS IS A MUST, SO WE KNOW IF YOU RECEIVED THE INVOICE, AND HOW YOU ARE GOING TO PAY US. AGAIN A PROFESSIONAL COURTESY RULE.** The winning bidder will be charged for Shipping, Insurance, and pack...